Sandra Fluke Receives Call From President Obama After Rush Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments

President Obama on Friday placed a call to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law school student at the heart of the debate over the contraception law, thanking her for speaking out on the issue.

President Obama on Friday placed a call to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law school student at the heart of the debate over the contraception law, thanking her for speaking out on the issue. Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

The call came a day after conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called Ms Fluke a “slut” and suggested her testimony to US lawmakers made her “a prostitute”. She was initially blocked from testifying by House Republicans, BBC writes.

However, Fluke testified on 23 February to support Mr Obama’s ruling that religiously affiliated institutions such as universities and hospitals should provide insurance plans that cover all costs for medicinal contraceptives.

“She’s standing there, first time. ‘Attention, shoppers. This skank cannot have contraception,’” said Limbaugh that time, “Sl*t in aisle 4. Sl*t in aisle 4.”

“Can you imagine if you were her parents how proud…you would be?” Limbaugh continued.

“Your daughter … testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she wants President Obama to provide them, or the Pope.”

“He did express his concern for me and wanted to make sure that I was OK, which I am,” Fluke said of Obama’s call. “I’m OK.”

Press Secretary Jay Carney explained the president’s decision to call Fluke. Obama, as said Carney, felt that, “the kinds of personal attacks that have been directed her way have been inappropriate.”

“The fact that our political discourse has been debased in many ways is bad enough,” he added. “It’s even worse when it is directed at a private citizen who is simply expressing her views about public policy.”

Obama called from the Oval Office, Carney relayed. That was the reason why Friday’s press briefing was delayed more than an hour.

According to the Huff Post, Limbaugh reacted to President Obama’s call to Fluke. Obama told Fluke that her parents should be “proud” of her. “I’d be embarrassed,” he continued. “I’d disconnect the phone. I’d go into hiding.”

However, Obama was not the only person who supported the student. After the Thursday’s debate was over, more than 75 Democratic House Members wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to condemn Limbaugh’s remarks.

“On his February 29, 2012 show, Mr. Limbaugh repeatedly used sexually charged, patently offensive, and obscene language to malign the character of this courageous young woman who has chosen to be the voice for many of her peers,” the letter says.

“This kind of direct attack on a private citizen is unacceptable. Mr. Limbaugh is as free as any American to speak his mind about the political and social issues of our time, but using his radio show as a means for blatantly insulting a hard-working American with obscene and indecent language because he disagrees with her personal choices is an abuse of the public airwaves,” it claims.

As for Fluke, she released a statement thanking those who went to bat on her behalf and condemning the remarks, though she did not call out anyone by name.

“I thank the thousands of women and men, including members of Congress, Georgetown University students and faculty, and total strangers of all political stripes across the country who have offered kind words and support following recent egregious personal attacks,” she said.

“No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices,” Fluke continued.

“The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women’s health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced,” she added.

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